All World Junior Hockey Championship officials in Edmonton Canada only


EDMONTON – The 26 ice officials for the World Junior Men’s Hockey Championships in Edmonton will be from Canada.Tournaments of the International Ice Hockey Federation normally have an international cross section of referees and linesmen.

The IIHF is limiting the pool of officials to the host nation to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading.

The 10-team World Men’s Under-20 Tournament will take place from December 25 to January 5 in the capital of Alberta.

“The match officials we would normally choose would have come from many different countries,” IIHF referee director Danny Kurmann said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Every additional person we put into the bubble is a risk, so we decided to seek out officials locally to reduce the risk to staff and teams on the move.

The IIHF said all 10 participating countries approved the decision.

“Special events require special measures, and we are confident that this group will be able to meet the officiating standards of this tournament,” said IIHF Officials Committee Chairman Sergej Goncharov.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 25, 2020.


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